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Carol Allen will be directing her new play War Babies as part of the So and So Arts Club festival “Women in War” in July.   The play is a tale of war and peace, life and death, love – and theatre.


Further details on the Cat’s Whiskers Theatre page.

Women and War logo

Carol Allen will be directing her new play War Babies as part of the Women and War festival season being mounted by the So and So Arts Club in July.

The play is a tale of war and peace, life and death, love – and theatre.

Further details on Cat’s Whiskers Theatre page


Make the Cut

Do You Speak Cat? by Carol Allen has been selected for inclusion in the “Make the Cut” programme at the St James Theatre on 10th May.   Details of the show here.

Make the Cut poster

In order to cover our production costs for the show and enable us to pay our actors, we have set up a Kickstarter campaign. Launched on 18th March, we received 5 pledges totalling £65 in the first day. But we need to raise £1,000 before Thursday 17th April. Please help by visiting the site, pledging a few pounds if you’re able and sharing the link with anybody you think might be happy to help us with this. There are some nice perks as well!

Merchant Kickstarter

Merchant of Venice dates

We now have dates and venue for The 21st Century Merchant of Venice which Carol is directing for McFarland Ray Productions in association with Cat’s Whiskers. We will be at the Drayton Theatre, Drayton Arms, Old Brompton Road SW5 OLJ from Tuesday 10th to Saturday 14th June. Put those dates in your diary to catch what is going to be a really special show. For a taste of what to expect, watch our video on the Cat’s Whiskers Theatre page.

Merchant of Venice workshop

The production of “The Merchant of Venice” that McFarland Ray Productions and Cat’s Whiskers are developing, took a step forward today, when Carol led a workshop to try out and work on the characterisations. A group of very talented actors took part with the McFarland Ray team and a lot of excellent work was done. We’re now working on raising the funding and finding a venue. This is going to be a really exciting and innovative show. For details see Cat’s Whiskers Theatre page and McFarland Ray website


Festival news update

Cat’s Whiskers received two lovely Christmas/new year presents in the form of invitations to submit “With Marjorie Gone” to both the American Online Film Awards, hosted from New York and the International Film Festival of Wales.

We have now been accepted by the American Online Film Awards and Carol is now getting her head round the challenge of lots of digital promotional materials for what is a totally digital event.

We are still waiting to hear whether we’re accepted for the International Film Festival of Wales!newport-international-film-festival/c1wpr After our successful screening last year at the Carmarthen Bay Film Festival, would be good to be visiting Wales again.

Power to the Cat’s Whiskers!


Actress Claire Jared and Cat’s Whiskers director Carol Allen are both actively involved in the Women in Arts Festival at the Actors Centre next week (16th to 18th December).

Carol is leading an actors workshop on character development on the Tuesday morning (17th) in which Claire will be participating. It’s nearly full but there have been a couple of cancellations so we could still squeeze in a late applicant. e-mail

They may both be a touch bleary eyed though as the previous evening (Monday 16th) Claire will be playing the part of Marilyn Monroe in David Bottomley’s play “The Peacock and the Nightingale”. Carol will of course be in the audience as this sounds like it’s going to be fascinating stuff for anyone interested in theatre, film or literature, as the story is based on the meeting between veteran English poet, Dame Edith Sitwell (played by Jean Apps) and Marilyn Monroe in 1950’s Hollywood.

Further details can be found on the Women in Arts website:!monday-dec-6th/cqhb There are also lots more interesting performances, rehearsed readings and other events over the three days, all focussing on Women in the Arts.

Here are Jean and Claire rehearsing the play. The Peacock & the Nightingale 2

With Marjorie Gpne - Marjorie 1

Claire Jared, who played the role of Marjorie in “With Marjorie Gone” is now starring in one of the current series of Axa television commercials. Watch it here Little Things

For short film makers this is a perfect example of telling a complete story in less than a minute! And Claire is lovely in it. Hope some astute casting director notices.

Claire also has a supporting role in the first episode of the new series of “Birds of a Feather”. So looks like you’ll be seeing a lot more of her.

As part of the Women in Arts festival at the Actors Centre in December, I will be leading a FREE workshop for actors on character development on Tuesday morning 17th December I should emphasise, despite the title of the festival, this is an event for both women and men!

Although the workshop is free, places are limited due to space, so if you would like to attend, please let me know as soon as possible. E-mail: Some of the actors who have already booked a place I have worked with before but I am also looking forward to working with talent that is new to me. Hope to see you there.

Further information on both the workshop and the other festival events can be found here Women in Arts Festival

Information on my previous work can be found on Our Films page on this website under cast and crew.